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Old 11-12-99, 11:11 PM   #1
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Im a White Lightning Race person, you?
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Old 11-21-99, 06:22 PM   #2
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It seems we are meeting here to much . Or I should be riding more . I have always used bull shot or finish line . I lean more to bull shot though .
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Pedro's Syn Road lube (oil based chain lube) and Pedro's Syn grease
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Old 01-09-00, 11:10 PM   #4
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Personnaly I have tried a lot of oil brands. Pedro's teflon extra dry lube, Pedro's Syn ATB lube, Tri flown, Fisher teflon lube, Finish line, but never tried out the White Lightning. I heard from a friend that it was really nice. Maybe I should try it. According to me the best lubs that I tried are Pedro's and Finish line.
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Old 01-10-00, 08:13 PM   #5
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TriFlow for me! Hasn't failed me yet.
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I have found the two chain lubes I like best are Tri-Flo and Finish Line Teflon. I have found that Tri-Flo works best for my road bike. The key is don't use too much. It penetrates well and lubricates for a long time. If you don't use too much, you don't have the dirt retention problem many say it causes.

For my mountain, I have found Finish Line to be good. It holds up in the wet better than Tri-Flo, but it doesn't last as long overall, which is why I still use Tri-Flo on my road.

I have been using White Lightning lately on my mountain bike, and I don't like it. It works out quickly, it's not self cleaning by any means, and now that it winter here in Washington, it doesn't penetrate into cold chains and they arn't lubricated well. For what it costs, it's a big disappointment. It doesn't retain dirt as fast as the other lubes, but dirt and grime still collects in the works. As soon as I've used what I have, I will go back to Finish Line for my mountain bike.
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lubes

For Chains I've used: tri-flow- works good picks up dirt; Phil Wood lasts a long time picks up dirt worse; Campy Grease- lasts a long,long time especially if applied to a hot chain; Finish-Line works real good- not so much dirt; foam stuff for industrial use- works ok dirties like phil wood: finish line- gets gummy and builds up, not too bad on dirt pickup- use hair-dryer on chain after applying it in cold, putting bottle in micro-wave for a few seconds helps too; Prolink works very well very little dirt pickup!; Dumonde Tech(lite) perhaps best, still on trial, seems to work quite well with almost no dirt pickup
On Brake and Derailleur pivots/pulley and spring butts I prefer to use Silcon spray- does not attract dirt at all just apply a little more often
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Wax on, wax off...

I've used a motorcycle product, called Maxima Chain Wax, on my bicycle chains for about a dozen years now. It sprays on, stinks like diesel fuel (paraffin base) and dries to a barely sticky consistency. I can ride daily for two weeks without relubing, and it'll stay on in the rain.

The chain wax tends to build up on the links and derailleur parts, but WD40 will dissolve it right off. In fact, you can WD40 the stuff off, and regress to your previous lube if you so desire.

I discovered this stuff after I tired of lubing my motorcycle's chain. (Oil chain with ANY conventional lube, and it spatters the entire rear of the bike for the next 200 miles.) Your friendly Honda-Kawa-Yama-Suzi dealer will sell you a small can for $5, or a large one for $7.
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For all threads I've converted to Dupont Teflon. It eliminates galling on components that often seize together. It comes in a little hypodermic tube at $15.00 a pop. I won't put any threads together without it now. If you use S&S couples this is the only lube they will warranty and they have tried them all.
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Old 02-07-06, 01:35 AM   #10
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TriFlow and LubriMatic Marine/Wheel Bearing Grease.
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KY Warming, cheap and does the jo....

White Lightning here.
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boeshield T9 for drivetrain.

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Rock n roll here. http://www.rocklube.com/ I have to apply it weekly. It strips the dirt off whilst lubricating, leaving the chain dry ( & shiny Ooooo shiny). I have used this on my MB in real muddy / sandy conditions and the gears have not crapped out where co riders have.

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Tri-Flow with Teflon. Works a dream! This thread is old by the way!
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Way to ask the question--which lube do you like instead of which one is the best! Kudos. If you're talking chain lube, for my MTB I use my own blend of parrafin wax and Teflon that I cook the chain in (SRAM ProLink baby!) for about 20 minutes. Such a dry lube seems to have worked the best for me here in our extremely sandy conditions. I use a Teflon based dry-lube made by DuPont for my Road Bike.
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Just curious, what will you guys use when a key ingredient in making teflon what it is, is removed from the market?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...012502041.html
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few have heard of this lube, but its one of the best: DuMonde Tech

they're big in car and motorcylce racing lubricants, but also have bike lubes and greases. i first tested it about a month and a half ago on my daily commuter/rain bike and have yet to reapply. plus, its not at its best till after the third application, i cant wait.
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Just curious, what will you guys use when teflon is removed from the market later this year?
Huh? I had no idea that it was being removed! I suppose I'll find something else to blend with my wax and I'll use the was on the road bike.
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Add one more for Boeshield T-9.
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I use the Finish Line Teflon Dry. It keeps the chain clean. I use it every 300 miles or so even though it doesn't really seem to need it then. I clean the chain and cogs then apply. I find if I get a flat (always seemes to be on the rear) my hands don't get as dirty as with other lubs.
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Just curious, what will you guys use when a key ingredient in making teflon what it is, is removed from the market?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...012502041.html
Uh, where do you see any mention of Teflon being removed from the market?
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Purple Extreme for the chain. I used Boeshield T-9 for years and think it is a good lube but it builds up more waxy crud than Purple Extreme.

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I've been using Le Tour weatherproof semi-dry chain lube for a couple of years with good results. You have to let the volatile components evaporate for a few hours before you ride or you'll have the stuff all over your bike and your leg. i get it from Branford Bike.
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Any motor oil, any marine grease.
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Purple Extreme on the chain on the roadie, White Lightning on the mtb. I used Phil grease for a while but I don't tend to be as picky with grease as I do with chain lube. And the Phil stuff isn't cheap. I think I've got some Finish Line or Pedro's grease right now, not sure.
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